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Posted: 2017-05-02 14:19
Category: News

Since 2014, f3 has been functioning as the officially appointed Swedish advocacy platform towards renewable fuels R&I in Horizon 2020 and EU-related strategies and priorities for future R&I. Until July 2018, f3's activities in this area are supported financially from the Swedish innovation agency Vinnova.

Based on a common map of research and innovation in the EU on renewable fuels, Platform f3 has identified which issues that are important from a Swedish and science-based...

Posted: 2017-04-26 16:02
Category: Reports

Many municipalities in Sweden have requirements on green cars in the procurement of municipal vehicles and some also have requirements on electric cars. A newly written report from the project Public procurement as a pol­icy instrument to promote the diffusion and use of renewable transport fuels has looked into the aspects of green public procurement in Malmö and Östersund, two Swedish cities that have come relatively far regarding requirements on electric cars. The project has also compared the procurement of bus traffic in the two regions Skåne and Jämtland and analysed how they use...

Posted: 2017-04-12 16:07
Category: Reports

In 2014, the Swedish Energy Agency reported a greenhouse gas emissions reduction of 1.95 M tonnes of CO2-eq due to the replacement of fossil fuels with biofuels. However, a narrow focus on CO2 fails to capture the additional benefits biofuel production may have. Studies often indicate that agricultural and biomass production systems have the potential to provide considerable socio-economic benefits, but that the level of detail and clarity regarding benefits provided by expanded biomass production and biofuel process industries are insufficient. Further, the significant focus...

Posted: 2017-04-07 11:31
Category: Reports

The principal products of the bioeconomy are biobased products and bioenergy, while the funda­mental technology, introduced to replace petroleumbased refineries, is biorefineries. Thus, biorefin­eries underpin the future of many biobased products such as liquid biofuels for transport. Even though biorefinery ideas are increasingly discussed on paper, the adoption by Swedish industry and integration in existing infrastructures is limited.This could partly be explained by the demand for transition between technological systems on co-evolutionary processes including changes in governing institutions, regulation, mar­kets, user practices and industrial structure. In other words,...

Posted: 2017-03-29 09:58
Category: News

The programme for the 2017 International Advanced Biofuels Conference (ABC) in Gothenburg on 17-19 May is now available! The conference covers long-term policy, business opportunities, technological innovations and much more regarding the development and use of advanced biofuels in aviation, maritime and land transport. ABC is arranged by Svebio with f3 as one of the co-arranging partners. Others include Aebiom, World Bioenergy Association and IEA Bioenergy.

f3 chairs session on renewable fuel mythbusting

Today, the debate runs high on renewable fuels, their...

Posted: 2017-03-28 15:58
Category: News

A lot of activities regarding future transport and alternative transport fuels are currently ongoing within different contexts in the EU. Recently, three new publications (two reports and one memo) were published from the Sub-group on Advanced Biofuels, active within the European Commission's Expert Group on alternative transport fuels, the Sustainable Transport Forum (STF). The publications are included in the f3 library on external resources and can be accessed here:

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Posted: 2017-03-14 14:43
Category: Reports

Electrofuels, also known as e.g. power-to-gas/liquids/fuels, e-fuels, or synthetic fuels, are syn­thetic hydrocarbons, e.g. methane or methanol, produced from carbon dioxide (CO2) and water with electricity as primary energy source. They are interesting for several reasons, e.g. they could play an important role as future transport fuel, store intermittent electricity production or provide an opportunity for biofuel producers to increase the yield from the same amount of biomass. However, there is a lack of energy system studies of electrofuels.

Maria Grahn, Chalmers, has been leading a project performed together with IVL with the overall purpose to deepen the...

Posted: 2017-03-07 16:57
Category: Reports

There is a growing interest for electrofuel processes among biogas producers, which can be associated with a potential for these processes to increase the profitability for biogas plants and make them more product flexible and less sensitive to market flutuations. However, the general view of the Swedish biogas industry is that it is difficult to overview the techno-economic performance and degree of maturity of the different processes. Knowledge about the technology readiness level (TRL) concern in particular the biological electrofuel processes.

A recently finished small f3-project has had the aim to present this, and...

Posted: 2017-03-07 14:29
Category: News

On February 7th 2017, the unanimous general assembly of f3 chose Annika Åhnberg as the new Chair of f3. She succeeds Thomas Johannesson who has held the position since the start of f3 in 2011.

“The issue of transportation fuels is incredibly important for a sustainable future, but progress is slow and the discussion often takes the wrong direction” says Annika Åhnberg and adds that she looks forward to chairing the board of f3. “Today's political shortsightedness cannot create the right conditions for the challenge that we face, and consultant reports cannot substitute for research. The development must be based on facts and knowledge” she says,...

Posted: 2017-03-06 17:31
Category: Reports

The use of upgraded biogas (biomethane) as vehicle fuel has been considered as one of the most efficient means of utilizing renewable fuels to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from the transpor­tation sector. Although several technologies have been developed and commercialized to upgrade biogas, they are energy intensive and usually require large-scale operations. It thus calls for explor­ing energy- and cost-effective technologies for biogas upgrading to improve the overall economics of biogas processes.

Ionic liquids have shown great potential to be used as liquid absorbents for CO2 removal from different gas streams (e.g. biogas upgrading) because of high CO...